CEE Animation Forum 2022: Juries & Programme Highlights

CEE Animation Forum 2022: Juries & Programme Highlights

This traditional pitching competition for European animation presents a total of 33 projects in four categories: feature length, series/TV specials, short and student films. A further 16 animated works appearing in the non-competitive section will endeavor to capture the attention of decision-makers from the field of animation. The CEE Animation Forum takes place on the 2nd and 3rd November in Plzeň and one day (the 4th of November) will be dedicated to personal meetings using an online app that will be available only to accredited guests.

 Short films will be judged by animation filmmaker and illustrator Alexandre Siqueira (BAP – Animation Studios), writer Milo Cremer Eindhoven (Submarine), and Belgian producer Bastien Martin (Camera, etc).

The creativity of students will be evaluated by Oscar-short-listed producer and distributor Eleanor Coleman (Indie Sales), talented Hungarian animator Luca Tóth and Ivan Zuber (Laïdak FIlms), who is a graduate of such schools as Gobelins and Animation Sans Frontières.

Funfair by Éva Darabos, one of the projects to be pitched during CEE Animation Forum

Aiming to ascertain potential success with television viewers will be Estonian producer Kristel Tõldsepp (A Film), Michelle Hoekstra (lemming film) together with Hisko Hulsing, the director of 'Undone', an animated series for Amazon Prime. Feature-length projects will be attentively observed by two successful producers, Lubica Orechovská (Pubres) and Richard Lutterbeck (TrickStudio Lutterbeck), who will be accompanied by the French distributor, Valentin Rebondy (Cinema Public Films).

CEE Animation has as a main objective to be a strong voice in the animation industry. One of the group with which we wish to begin a discourse is that of national television broadcasters. Their involvement is essential for the success of international co-productions - especially the formats of series and feature films. To finance their projects, independent producers crucially depend on the support from their national broadcasters and from national and international funds -Marta Jallageas, Managing Director of CEEA Forum.

The full list of selected projects

A line-up of representatives of national broadcasters from Central and Eastern Europe will share how CEE national TV broadcasters can and do support independent animated works, how they co-operate with producers from their own country, and with those from other countries. The organisers have planned an impressive accompanying programme for on-site guests. On 2nd November, from 18:00, it will be possible to view a newly- prepared compilation of short films under the activity of CEE Animation Talents.

In the creative zone DEPO2015, they will be able to personally experience the successful Czech animated VR film, Darkening (d. Ondřej Moravec), which was selected for the section of Venice Immersive at the Venice IFF.

In this area, there will also be the possibility to view students’ work from the Media Illustration studio of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia. Accredited guests also have the opportunity to visit the programme at the partner festival, Juniorfest, which takes place from 4th to 10th November in Plzeň.

4 CEE Animation Project Participants Talk to Zippy Frames


  • The best project, as selected by the jury in each category, receives a monetary award to the value of 1,000 Euros.
  • New Ciclic prize, with a value of 35,000 Euros.
  • scholarship for the year-round CEE Animation Workshop training programme or a licence for TV Paint, the professional animation programme. Viewers may also share their preferences.
  • The project with the highest tally gained during the online voting shall receive an award of 1,000 Euros.
  • Apply for direct access to Cartoon Movie, Cartoon Forum, Cartoon Springboard, Animarkt Stop Motion Forum, and Kids Kino Industry.

CEE Animation Forum takes place in Plzeň, Czech Republic, from 2 to 4 November 2022. CEE Animation is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the International Visegrad Fund and organised in co-operation with Eurimages. 

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